What you can expect at 3-4 months

Your baby will have come a long way in the last three months and many parents find that this is a hugely enjoyable time. You have more confidence as a parent, and your baby is becoming more sociable and enjoys being with you.

Your baby will start to look towards your voice when you speak to them. Make time for quiet time when the TV and Radio are off, this will help your baby hear your voice clearly and can help future speech and language development.

When talking to your baby pause and allow her to respond, making sounds. You can copy these sounds back to your baby.

You’ll probably also have learned enough about her personality and behaviour to understand what she wants . . . most of the time!

Your baby will be able to recognise you now, as well as a couple of other familiar faces. You’ll notice that she is able to make more noises and louder sounds and chuckles when she interacts with people.

Around now is a good time to think about an evening routine. If you follow a similar pattern each night, you’ll find that your baby will start to show excitement as she knows what to expect – for example she’ll know that after her bath she gets a feed and a story before going to bed. Some babies may even start to sleep through the night at this point . . . but most don’t!

At 3-4 months your baby may be able to...

  • keep her head up almost straight when she’s in a sitting position (make sure she’s supported) and her back is straighter than before
  • wave and kick more forcefully – make sure there’s nothing dangerous such as hot drinks for her to kick over
  • open her fingers and bring her hands together
  • wriggle: so there’s a risk she may fall out of your arms, off the bed or other high surfaces
  • start to look towards your voice when you speak to her. Try to set aside time with no other noises to help her hear you clearly and help future speech and language development
  • ‘stand’ on your lap with your help and, by four months, may be starting to take some of her own weight, but only when she’s supported
  • support her head and chest with her arms when lying on her stomach
  • open and shut her hands and start to use her hands and eyes to coordinate
  • begin to babble and imitate some sounds
  • enjoy playing with other people.
Last Updated: 06 March 2017
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